|Sharks re-sign D Rivet to 4-year deal|
|Written by Admin|
|Friday, 22 June 2007 12:44|
Rivet spent his entire career with the Montreal Canadiens before the Sharks picked him up for the playoff run on Feb. 25.
The 11-year veteran had one goal, seven assists and a plus-eight rating in 17 regular-season games for the Sharks while providing a valuable veteran presence for one of the NHL's youngest rosters. Rivet also shined in the playoffs, scoring five points in 11 games.
Rivet re-signed on the same day San Jose traded goalie Vesa Toskala and forward Mark Bell to the Toronto Maple Leafs for three draft picks, a deal that cleared about $4 million in salary-cap room for the Sharks.
The 32-year-old Rivet had said he hoped to stay in San Jose, praising the freedom and camaraderie he felt in California after a decade under the microscope of unforgiving fans and media in Montreal. Sharks general manager Doug Wilson also praised Rivet's physical play and shot-blocking.
The Sharks have three other unrestricted free agents: defenseman Scott Hannan and forwards Bill Guerin and Mark Smith. Hannan, who has spent his entire career in San Jose, is among the top free-agent defensemen on the market.